The Dead Sea has been known for thousands of years. Millions of people travel to the region each year for alternative treatments of chronic diseases. There are a few reasons why this area has become a major center for health research and treatment:
- . The Dead Sea is so rich in salt. The water salinity is 337 g/kg (33.7%)
- The various minerals contained in the Dead Sea’s water and mud such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, sodium, etc.
- The hot springs rich in sulfur and minerals located along the shores of the Dead Sea
- The very low content of pollens and other allergens in the atmosphere
- The air at the Dead Sea basin has a relatively high concentration of aerosols containing minerals
- The region has about 330 sunny days annually
- Concentration of oxygen in the air is 5% more than at the sea level
- There is low air humidity. Average humidity from April to September is 30-40%.
- A naturally reduced ultraviolet spectrum of sunlight. The reduced ultraviolet component of solar radiation presents because of bromine and various metals in the air which acts as a filter for sunlight and also due to the existence of a misty cloud standing over the Dead Sea.
- The atmospheric pressure is about 5% higher at the Dead Sea than at sea level
The Dead Sea also is known as the Salt Sea lies in a desert. The surface of the Dead Sea is 423 meters below the sea level that is Earth’s lowest elevation on land. It is the deepest hypersaline lake in the world and one of several hypersaline water bodies on the Earth.
The Dead Sea has been known since ancient times for its healing properties. Many researchers and scientists have done studies about specific climatic data and healing capabilities of the Dead Sea. The scientific evidence proves that the Dead Sea climatotherapy can help cure many illnesses due to a unique combination of several climatic factors. The natural healing method of climatotherapy applies for treatment and rehabilitation of numerous chronic diseases such as various allergies, a variety of skin, respiratory, rheumatic, heart, and joint diseases. Other health benefits of the Dead Sea include stress relief, slow down skin ageing, increase blood circulation, strengthen the bonds, and boost energy.
It is recommended to take 2-4 weeks treatment for the best result of the long-lasting relief and improvement. The best season for treatment is the end of April until mid-June or mid- September until end of October.
The Dead Sea, with its unique chemical, a spectrum of ultraviolet radiation, and atmospheric properties, provides an effective alternative treatment for psoriasis and eczema with amazing result. It is scientifically proven that bathing in the Dead Sea help detoxify the body, relieve tension and muscle aches.
Many hotels along the Israel and Jordan coastline have their own spas. The medical centers offer professional medical service, remedies for treatment of chronic diseases and provide professional medical consultations. They have the world-class medical facilities and offer specialized therapies found nowhere else in the world. The highly skilled doctors and nurses speaking in Arabic, English, Russian, and German. Many hotels have swimming pools with sea water, fitness equipment, tennis courts, lectures on nutrition and health, yoga, Zumba, and Pilates lessons.
There are a few resorts that offer their packages for alternative treatments:
1. Movenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea 5* in Sweimeh, Jordan has available packages for:
- Psoriasis, vitiligo, ache & atopic dermatitis treatment
- Rheumatism treatment
- Psoriatic arthritis treatment
- Uveitis treatment
- Psoriasis vulgaris
- Psoriasis pustulosa (Oct.-April)
- Psoriasis arthopathica (March-Nov.)
- Ichthyosis congenita vulgaris
- Parapsoriasis group (Jan.-Nov.)
- Mycosis fungoides stadium I-II (Feb.-Nov.)
- Acne conglobataet indurata
- Vitiligo (April-Sep.)
- Arthritis psoriatic
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